GE Energy Management's new 188,000 SF manufacturing center consolidates product lines and includes a test lab and associated office space. The site redevelopment addressed various constraints and created an inviting entry and atrium with energy-efficient features.

GE Energy Management’s Manufacturing Center of Excellence is a new 188,000 SF building consolidating 3 new product lines into a state-of-the-art manufacturing space with product test lab, cleanroom, and 24,000 SF of associated office space.

Sited on 17.74 acres of land, this project redeveloped the southern portion of the site formerly used for parking. A master plan was developed to maximize parking, internal site access, and manufacturing process efficiency. Aside from maintaining day-to-day site functionality, additional site constraints included existing grade and drainage issues, contaminated soils, limited quantities of suitable soil on-site, various buildings slated for demolition, and an existing creek bisecting the site. Once phasing of the master plan was complete, a portion of the creek was mitigated.

The main entry and atrium were designed as an inviting beacon for visitors. The building façade reflects GE’s character and “clean” corporate aesthetic. Coordination meetings were held with the owner to ensure selected materials and colors complied with the corporate image. Low-e coated and reflective glazing allow the building to maximize daylight with minimal mechanical requirements. The two-story atrium features a monumental stair with adjacent elevator and provides access to the large employee break room, multiple conference rooms, public restrooms, and the expansive corporate office wing of the building.

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